constant-pursuit

Pre Duty From Repeat

Lately, I have been tired. I mean who doesn’t? It has already been 6 months of this PRE DUTY FROM cycle. There are days when I’m just pumped up to go on duties. It’s actually kinda fun. The cases you get to see and the cool stuff you get to do. You get to poke people with needles, sleep in the operating room, find the exit and entry of a gunshot wound, keep doing chest compressions until that…

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Love is the constant pursuit of another. When we love someone, we’ll go to great lengths to be closer to them and connect with them on a deeper level.

Pride keeps us from getting closer to each other and more tragically, closer to God.

Love disarms pride.

Love compels us to admit it when we’re wrong and motivates us to forgive when we’re wronged.

Keep the communication lines clear: apologize quickly and forgive readily. This will keep small arguments from tailspinning into full blown discord and division.

May you and your spouse love with abundant grace and forgiveness that comes from the ultimate source of grace: Jesus.

Love you all,
Ryan & Selena

Pic by @jeffkmarsh / #marriage #love #forgiveness

Happy 34th Birthday Chris!

I wish you all the best for this very special day and hope you will enjoy it with your loved ones.

You are a very talented actor but I especially want to thank you for being such a wonderful human being. You inspire me on a daily basis, helping me to always see what truly matters in life. Thanks to all your wise and kind words, I’m still learning to listen to my heart more than my noisy brain in my constant pursuit of happiness.

March 17th 2014 will remain a cherished memory, because I got the pleasure to meet you in Paris, for the Winter Soldier premiere. Thank you, again, for being so nice to your fans.

Much love from France!

- Gwen

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Let me introduce the Lucky Cat Family!

Angelo Grisafi - Our fearless leader! Shop owner, mentor, and fellow Tattoo Artist. He taught us all everything we know today! Angelo specializes is realism and has a passion for digital art/animation.
Angelo is a born teacher! He is the head of our little family and the glue that holds us all together. His constant pursuit for education and pushing forward, inspires and encourages the rest of us the follow is his foot steps! Angelo is welcoming and humble. (Because of Angelo, I push myself to be better as an artist, as a person, how I carry myself in this industry)

Dave Gillet - Our beloved shop manager! Dave can do just about anything. Fine-lettering, bright bold new-school stuff, traditional… you name it! But his passion is gamer inspired work. He is also our resident piercer and all around handyman. Dave has been tattooing and piercing for the last 10 years and along the way he has mastered the art of Cover-ups and piercings. Angelo is also amazing with cover-ups as well (of course! he taught Dave). A jokester, Dave is sure to lighten the mood and make anyone smile (even if they’re in the chair).

Lyrin Bailey - That’s me(the blue haired girl)! I am also a tattoo artist and soon to be a piercer as well! Dave is an expert in the field and I am very happy to be leading from him!! I’m always excited to learn something new. Learning keeps the mind sharp! I am bubbly and fun! I will do everything I can to make everyone feel comfortable and right at home! My passion is intricate line-work. The more intricate and extravagant, the better. Mandalas, sacred geometry, filigree, and everything in between. I also have an undying love for mythical creatures/monsters and the macabre.

Rebecca Fedun - Our newest member! Long time comic artist. She is super down to earth and badass! Not only does she have passion for tattoo art, but one of her dreams is to put out her own comic! (Instead of creating and publishing comics commissioned by her clients) I’ve known Rebecca for years and I’m always blown away by the work she does. I can’t wait to see her style done up as tattoo art!! (Photos- the blonde girl, she’s holding up her first ever Ink-It!) I will be following along and documenting her progress throughout her apprenticeship.

We all take pride in what we do at Lucky Cat and are always humbled by our following. Every piece we get to work on is always a privilege and an honor for us! (no matter how big or small) we work hard to make everyone feel welcomed! We will always give our professional opinion and match a client with the right artist fe the job. Lucky Cat is passion, honesty, and family!

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Happiness is in the constant pursuit of.

I beat myself up about the idea of staying in last Saturday night. The night i pretend i’m young and let go of the week past load to build up strength before the next one is lifted and carried to the next Saturday at approximately 7pm. 

more often than not it includes a date (back in the game) or a shin dig with buddies. My night out makes me feel real and reminds me I’m human and not alone. 

but no, not tonight. just me and exhaustion with our own date. I brush away the thought of failing to go out my one night off and pat myself on the back because unlike most Sundays, i need to work this one. Good job not going out Sandy. Good job saving all you have for work and moving prep. 

But i needed to feel normal, human, not a lone. 

SO, I watched a movie. Hector and the Search of Happiness. with Simon Pegg. 

Its a story of a psychiatrist living his life day by day with everything in order, yet, something is missing. He can listen to all of his clients all day, but can’t help them be happier, because he himself isn’t even sure if he is happy with his life. So he goes out in the world with a back pack, drive, and a vague idea where he will travel to. He goes, hes lives, he comes back, and shares the joy of life he has learned with others. 

 THIS is exactly what i needed. A Saturday night in with a movie, THIS movie. 

How can i give back with my happiness? How can i be a positive role model for kids, bring smiles on faces and inspire? I know i have something i can give back with and this adventures will help me see what it is. 

A few notes taken during Hector and the Search for Happiness.

happiness is answering your calling

happiness is being loved for who you are. 

you will be loved for the love you give

fear is part of happiness

happiness is feeling completely alive

happiness is knowing how to celebrate

happiness is sharing.

I am human because i can be alone, i am real cuz i want to give back, and I’m not alone because i will always keep myself open to the world around me. 

Saturday night in is okay, and i’m still strong enough to carry my work load for another week, another month, months,…till September. #roadtoLA

Only when you take full responsibility for what happens to you will you be able to move towards the person you want to be. Don’t act like a self entitled asshole! most likely what you are complaining about is either your fault or you have no control over. Keep a positive mindset and keep constant pursuit of worthy goals. #Drake says it best with this quote; you will only be the person you want to be when you act in the way you think you should act. Success will come you way while everyone else will still be complaining about their current circumstances. #roloquote

i have a talent/curse

i find that I can feel/have a sense of understanding of others pain/hardships extremely easily

to the point where I am in a constant pursuit to listen and relate

to the point where I am literally crying my eyes out over experiences I have never had

i think it’s good to put myself in others shoes because it allows me to understand my surroundings and learn and stay genuine

but it is also bad because I find myself constantly enduring the weight of others dispair that I don’t want

Amy Poehler on what she learned from filming Inside Out: 'It's OK to be sad'

Amy Poehler won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the perpetually positive Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation, but her latest role is about embracing emotion in all its forms.

The actor was in Sydney for the world premiere of Inside Out, the new Pixar film from Pete Docter, the writer-director of Up and Monsters, Inc.

While it might not challenge their greatest films, this is a smart and visually inventive piece of entertainment

Poehler voices the animated character Joy, who works together with Fear, Disgust, Anger and Sadness to protect 11-year-old Riley as she faces the challenges of growing up.

“Pete did a beautiful job of not only reminding everyone of how difficult it is and emotionally treacherous it is to grow up and to leave childhood behind, but that our constant pursuit of happiness as human beings and as parents sometimes gets in the way of real growth,” said Poehler.

“It’s OK to be sad, and it’s OK to have feelings that aren’t maybe the ones that you thought you were supposed to have or are what are expected of you. It’s this beautiful attempt at taking this very big intellectual idea and making it this very small, human, connecting experience.”

In the past, Poehler has spoken of a prevailing culture of cynicism in which “not caring is supposed to be cool, commenting is more interesting than doing, and everything is judged and then disposed of”. She told Hitflix’s Alan Sepinwall earlier this year that part of the appeal of her Parks and Recreation character, a “whirling dervish” of positivity, was that “cynicism and sarcasm weren’t tools we got to use”.

But asked about that put-down culture, Poehler was less forthcoming. “I don’t like to speak in a blanket way about comedy because there’s a lot of different versions of it that makes me laugh. Everyone has their version of it and it’s all really specific and subjective,” she said.

“But I love love, and I love sadness and joy living together right next to each other, and this film is certainly a celebration of that.”

Poehler already champions young women through her Smart Girls organisation, which encourages them to embrace their intelligence and individuality and has an online following of 1.6m globally.

“I think being yourself, practicing self-love, figure out what excites you and what you’re curious about is perhaps a theme that runs through both of those things [Smart Girls and Inside Out].”

Inside Out writer-director Pete Docter said he didn’t think children’s interests had changed in the two decades since he wrote Toy Story, “but I’m not sure I’m the best person to ask because I don’t feel we’ve ever written for children specifically. We’re writing for ourselves”.

“My heroes, like Walt Disney and Jim Henson, were explicit in saying that they weren’t writing for kids. They weren’t making these kids’ movies, there were these adult themes.”

He said adult audiences could stand to learn what their negative emotions had to teach them.

“Even as you use the word ‘negative’, that is something we all associate with them, but they all have a very explicit reason for existing, they all have a benefit to us. In the end, the film tries to portray this, that all the emotions are there for Riley.

“They want her to have a good life – that’s why Disgust is trying to keep her from being poisoned, Fear’s trying to keep her from getting hurt, all of these things that could essentially be very positive.”

Docter said his relationship with his daughter inspired him to make Inside Out.

“What drove the whole thing was watching my daughter grow up, that idea that part of childhood, and my relationship with her at that time, is fundamentally now changed – and that’s beautiful and correct and wonderful but it’s also sad.”

The loss of innocence and the bittersweet positives that came with it were a strand within his work, he said. “I think there’s a certain sense of loss that I think is important to carry some weight in the filmmaking.”

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/jun/16/amy-poehler-on-what-she-learned-from-filming-inside-out-its-ok-to-be-sad

Additional Source: https://www.facebook.com/WatchInsideOut2015Movie

vaude-villain asked:

Random question: Who are your favorite poets? Are you a Sara Teasdale fan?

While my wife knew Sara Teasdale by name, I’m afraid I suffer from a kind of poet-blindness when it comes to anything written in the past century. There are poems I like when I encounter them, but that never seems to translate to seeking out specific poets. I spent my education chasing fairy tales, and for a long time–well into college–avoided anything that could be considered modern. Not many of my peers calligraphied quotes from Le Mort d'Arthur in the borders of their algebra notes, but in the pre-internet days it was a lonely job being the school weirdo, and I sought solace as far away from modern life as the library would take me. My constant pursuit of the past gave my literary development a rather myopic focus. For a long time, even Victorian poets were too newfangled for me. That being said, some got in through the cracks, and I do have some favorite poets. When I was a teenager I bought a battered old fleamarket copy of the collected works of Byron, Keats, and Shelly, and that was my Bible for many years. (I’ve talked before, I think, about how The Destruction of Sennacherib is the foundation for Singing Down Heaven.) I’ve read stupid amounts of Tennyson (once again, during my Arthurian phase), and I think it’s fair to include Shakespeare in the poetry pile. For later poets, I like Amy Lowell, Christina Rossetti, W.H. Auden, and probably several others I’m forgetting. But while in my younger years I was rarely exposed to formal poetry and formal poets, I was constantly swimming in a current of murder ballads, old mountain songs, and church hymns. There’s a lot of Loreena McKennitt and Simon & Garfunkel rattling around in here as well. The result might be a little lopsided, but it’s done all right for me so far.

The endless creation

Time is running out of my palm like sand
As gently as I cradle each grain
The winds continue to swoop in and brush it away
As forcefully as I curl my conscience and clench my fist
I open it to see that only so little remains   
It is not mine to keep
But what sets to the wind and falls to the ground is an imprint of my existence
Each step I’ve taken, word I’ve poured and emotion I’ve transformed
My only immortality is in my energy
It runs so deeply within everyone and everything around me
I’m overcome with undeniable forces of emotion
And then a numbing silence that asks of what with it I will do
It’s my life’s mission to create something more beautiful
To leave this world in a better state than if I was to have never entered it in the first place
So I’m on a constant pursuit for empirical knowledge
To experience more, to feel more and to make my being more 
To make use of this most precious gift of life
I owe the universe my everything
And everything it will have  
This is the endless creation 

What is FUTURTOPIA?

This question often pops up. I was planning to answer it in my quarterly doc, but as you’re aware, I haven’t finished any quarterly docs . . recently.

“Why is it not FUTURE or FUTURETOPIA?”

It’s not future, it’s Futur because ‘Futur’ is not right. It is intentionally wrong. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is a mistake that signifies the lack of perfection and certainty that there is in our lives. The ‘TOPIA’ part just adds to this; utopia, whatever, all that fancy trash.

So put together that imperfection and uncertainty with the sense of utopia and paradise. What do you get? Well, ideally, it’s my life. FUTURTOPIA is quite literally the embodiment of the lifestyle I live (or want to live.) It’s this constant pursuit of reaching a point that falls easy between peace of mind and inevitable flaw.

Right now, it’s still a balancing act, I guess. I’m playing this game as a vagrant; searching for the middle grounds. The expression of that lookout is my work, which you can find here. Lets see where it takes us.

witcherofrivia || continued from here.

How rare and precious these moments were. They were paused on horseback, traveling a narrow and desolate mountain path, whose precariously jagged edge deceptively jutted out far into the open air to hide it’s thin and fragile slope beneath, forcing the witcher and ward close to the mountain’s rocky ribs.  Her voice was what drew the wolf from his clouded mind, from the smothered trepidation and constant gnawing of pursuit. It’s melodious timbre superior to any Axii cast.

Warm, molten pools of gold turned, strands of white flitting across his forehead, as the hunter looks beyond the mountain’s unstable fringe and towards that which had been granted observation of the witchling.

Past the rocky outcropping, where fearsome stone dwindled to gravel and dust, sat the rolling hills of a meadow, it’s walls lined by a viridescent sea of colossal evergreens. Vast blooms littered the clearing, coloring the ground in a vortex of wind tickled pastels that fluttered playfully under the morning sun yawning over the eastern ridge.

A faint smile graced Geralt’s face, but not due to the dazzling scenery. Ciri, his precious ward, held his favor. Pride swelled in his chest at her vision; a young  and dauntless woman and the one he welcomed as daughter to any and all who inquired. It was for her that he scoured the country, spilled the blood of mages, monsters and men and he’d do it all again–just to keep her safe.

“Yeah…” the witcher agreed, looking back over the valley and crowding forest, “it’s nice.” They sat there, upon tired mounts, in silence to appreciate the beauty of this world, to revel in the company of one another that had been long overdue. Slowly, however, the smile dropped from the hunter’s weathered features. His gaze falling to the distance, a dread beginning to pool in his gut.

Roach snorted against the tug of reins. “Let’s get going.” They needed to get to Kaer Morhen, ride like the wind, for the Wild Hunt still pursued them. Spurring the mare into action, Geralt listened to heavy hooves bite into the loose stone of the path, welcoming the wind at their backs in hopes that it would carry them swiftly towards the witcher stronghold….

  Heels dug into the sides of the mare the young
  woman sat upon, wrists  flicking the reins, urging
  the creature to race after her companion.

  The ride to Kaer Morhen had been somber, the
  knowledge of the Wild Hunt pursuing them wherever
  they may be in the back of their minds. It had been 
  nice, if even for a moment’s time, to allow themselves
  to forget the threat that lingered behind them, closely
  following the trail they left behind.

  Her horse, a young, light brown mare, trotted beside
  Roach, almost struggling to keep pace with the seasoned
  creature. Her eyes focused on the path ahead, mind wandering
  to the group of friends Geralt had recruited for her cause.
  They would be awaiting her arrival at Kaer Morhen, many
  she hadn’t seen since her time as a young girl, the ward
  of the White Wolf beside her. Despite the circumstances,
  it was a pleasant feeling, knowing she would be reunited
  with those she loved so dearly.

            “ Who all awaits us at Kaer Morhen?

  Her voice was faint beneath the clashing of hooves against
  the dirt road. She’d attempted to mask her concern as best
  as she possibly could, yet it proved a difficult task. Those
  Geralt had gathered had agreed to risk their lives for her sake.
  She couldn’t help but feel a tad bit of guilt at that knowledge.

ofelderblood asked:

“It’s so… quiet now… The sound of battle… seems so far away.”

How rare and precious these moments were. They were paused on horseback, traveling a narrow and desolate mountain path, whose precariously jagged edge deceptively jutted out far into the open air to hide it’s thin and fragile slope beneath, forcing the witcher and ward close to the mountain’s rocky ribs.  Her voice was what drew the wolf from his clouded mind, from the smothered trepidation and constant gnawing of pursuit. It’s melodious timbre superior to any Axii cast.

Warm, molten pools of gold turned, strands of white flitting across his forehead, as the hunter looks beyond the mountain’s unstable fringe and towards that which had been granted observation of the witchling.

Past the rocky outcropping, where fearsome stone dwindled to gravel and dust, sat the rolling hills of a meadow, it’s walls lined by a viridescent sea of colossal evergreens. Vast blooms littered the clearing, coloring the ground in a vortex of wind tickled pastels that fluttered playfully under the morning sun yawning over the eastern ridge.

A faint smile graced Geralt’s face, but not due to the dazzling scenery. Ciri, his precious ward, held his favor. Pride swelled in his chest at her vision; a young  and dauntless woman and the one he welcomed as daughter to any and all who inquired. It was for her that he scoured the country, spilled the blood of mages, monsters and men and he’d do it all again–just to keep her safe.

“Yeah…” the witcher agreed, looking back over the valley and crowding forest, “it’s nice.” They sat there, upon tired mounts, in silence to appreciate the beauty of this world, to revel in the company of one another that had been long overdue. Slowly, however, the smile dropped from the hunter’s weathered features. His gaze falling to the distance, a dread beginning to pool in his gut. 

Roach snorted against the tug of reins. “Let’s get going.” They needed to get to Kaer Morhen, ride like the wind, for the Wild Hunt still pursued them. Spurring the mare into action, Geralt listened to heavy hooves bite into the loose stone of the path, welcoming the wind at their backs in hopes that it would carry them swiftly towards the witcher stronghold….

TOP TECH GENIUSES OF OUR GENERATION

The world we live in today is based completely on technology. It surrounds us, and we have allowed it to embed itself in our lives today. Living in the 21st century, we simply cannot deny the fact that without science and technology, our lives would not be as half as easy as it is now. For every technology that makes our lives comfortable, we have to thank the tech geniuses behind the idea. We cannot imagine Apple without Steve Jobs or Microsoft without Bill Gates.

Like ways, we have compiled a list of tech geniuses of our generation below:
Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google)

What is the defining contribution to technology made by Larry Page and Sergey Brin? The answer is Google, the single most important business in Silicon Valley today. What fascinated so many early fans was Google’s constant pursuit of refinement and efficiency in its search algorithm. While other search engines’ results tended to be loaded with spam, Google’s were generally on target. The company had lots of other tricks up its sleeve as well: the rapidly growing Google universe now grants handfuls of productivity and entertainment tools – from word processing to video – most of them free, underwritten by the company’s universal ad-serving system. Bill Gates (Microsoft)


The world’s richest man is also one of its most outstanding technologists–a guy who dropped out of Harvard to launch Microsoft to find the company that all techies are closely familiar with. No hands-off executive, Bill Gates has been involved with Microsoft product development at an amazingly detailed level over the company’s entire 30-year history. Gates left Microsoft in July 2008 to focus full-time on his non-profit endeavor, the Gates Foundation, which he has provided with an eye-popping $29 billion to strengthen global health and learning.

Steve Jobs (Apple)

The King of Apple, Steve Jobs is familiar to even the most random non-technophile. Jobs lays claim to two critical moments in tech history. First, with the original Apple, he established the idea that computers belong in the home; and then, 20 years down the line, he proved the world that people ought to carry their (digital) music with them wherever they travel.

Apple may not have developed the PC, and it certainly didn’t make the first MP3 player, but Jobs’ famous “reality distortion field” has shown that who got there first is sometimes less important than what they brought with them. Today, Apple is bigger than ever, owning market share since the company started off. Evan Williams, Christopher Isaac Stone and Jack Dorsey (Twitter)


The founders introduced Twitter at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Their first tweet? “Inviting co-workers.” Since then, a flood of messages, no greater than 140 characters, has streamed from the site. As of September, Twitter had more than 100 million active users around the world. “We got lucky,” says Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. “It doesn’t mean we’re geniuses.”

It may be luck or genius, but the microblogging site has grown to be one of the most popular websites in the world in the four years since it was first launched. With over 302 million users, Twitter has become popular not only as a social networking site, but as a grassroots news outlet for late-breaking events. The road that came before, however, was not an easy one for the young company. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)


Mark ZuckFacebook CEO and Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg, 27, has changed the way we communicate, not only online but in other areas of our life. The social network platform that began in a dorm room in 2004 has arguably waived the need for high school yearbooks, greeting cards and reunions. It’s a website that is now used by 300 million people around the world. Since then, Zuckerberg has grown into his role as the face of Facebook, which is now valued more than $200 billion.

Lei Jung (Xiaomi)


As a startup CEO, Lei Jun prided himself on out hustling his competitors: 100-hour workweeks were standard. It is his pride that has allowed Xiaomi to quickly emerge as one of the world’s most valuable private tech companies. Today, Lei ranks as the eighth richest person in China.

Xiaomi is winning by giving the Chinese what they want: Cheap, feature-packed Android phones. Xiaomi will sell 60 million handsets in 2014, doubling 2013’s total; its $5.5 billion in sales in the first half of 2014 surpassed all of 2013, when its phone division netted an estimated $80 million. With Asia accounting for more than half of the 1.5 billion smartphones sold worldwide each year, that feat alone has vaulted Xiaomi to number three in the world, after Samsung and Apple. Lei has been called the Steve Jobs of China, and for good reason. Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia)


In 2001, Wales founded the open-content internet resource Wikipedia, which later became the world’s largest encyclopedia. Wales also founded the for-profit web-hosting company Wikia, and has advised governments and universities. The online encyclopedia also has a co-founder in the form of Larry Sanger, who helped develop the project but left in 2002 shortly after it was launched. The origins of Wikipedia began in March 2000, when Wales began Nupedia (“the free encyclopedia”), which was identified by an extensive peer-review process designed to make its articles of a quality similar to that of acknowledged encyclopedias. With the addition of wikis (a collection of web pages designed to allow anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content), the project was named “Wikipedia.” Mr. Wales laid down the founding principles and content, establishing an Internet-based community of contributors during that year. Wikipedia was initially meant to be a wiki-based site for collaboration on early encyclopedic content for submission to Nupedia, but Wikipedia’s rapid growth quickly overshadowed Nupedia’s development.

Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim (YouTube)


YouTube was invented by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim out of a garage in Menlo Park. Hurley attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he received his bachelor’s degree in fine art. After graduating, he joined eBay’s PayPal division, primarily focusing on user interface. It was there that he met Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, with whom he founded YouTube.com, a video-sharing website, in 2005.

YouTube quickly became one of the web’s fastest-growing sites, and was ranked as the 10th most popular website just a year after its launch. There are reportedly 100 million clips viewed daily on YouTube, with an additional 65,000 new videos uploaded every 24 hours.


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Happy motivational Monday. My motivation come from constant pursuit of pushing the limits of what is possible and personally working to being better each day.

Here is a video of a big inspiration of mine soop and I from yesterday. Months ago when we tried this move we could only do it for a 2 or 3 seconds. Now we are running out of time on Ig! I’ll put the full video on Facebook if interested. ;)

Practice makes progression. Stay postive and work hard. Be a ninja and be positive in movement. @pimovementninja #motivation #besomebody (at The Original Muscle Beach)

magesta-thibault asked:

Roman Empire, France, Germania

Roman Empire - How would you like to be remembered?

Christ, I’m not sure I do want to be remembered. I’m really not terribly ambitious, my constant pursuit of knowledge is more of a boredom thing than anything. I suppose if I could be remembered for saving whales from extinction or something, that would be nice. I’m not an enormous fan of humanity, but deep sea mammals really do it for me.

France - How do you show love for those you care for?

By being excessively rude and distant. Wonderful though my family are, we’re not a terribly affectionate bunch and I’m horribly uncomfortable with great displays of emotion.

Germania - What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?

At uni, a girl I was sort of dating OD’d on heroin. Deliberately, you know, she couldn’t take the pressure of the course. I couldn’t bring myself to go to her funeral, it was… I’d never experienced death like that and I couldn’t bear to. The first time I visited her grave and said goodbye, that was the hardest thing I’ve done. 

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Tech Culture Blog Post 3: Now That’s Creepy!

I think it would be fair to say that one constant across history and cultures is that mankind, on the whole, is focused on improvement, innovation, the next great thing. Of course, this is great—I mean, there wouldn’t be a Tumblr for me to post this on, or an Internet, or a computer, or an endless list of other technologies if it weren’t for this constant pursuit of one-upping what came before.


But there are lines that should be drawn. One of those lines comes at technology implants.


Okay, sure, the possible uses for implanted tech devices do sound pretty fascinating—such as treating epilepsy and other diseases stemming from the brain (see MIT’s article on this here: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/538606/injectable-implants-could-help-crack-the-brains-codes/ )—other uses, such as “‘internal headphones’” and sensory improvement (CNN reported on this here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/08/tech/forget-wearable-tech-embeddable-implants/) sound like something straight out of a Kurt Vonnegut story (recommended reading: “Harrison Bergeron”…really, it’s quite fantastic). Besides sounding like the plot for a dystopian satire, the idea of skin-imbedded technology is just plain creepy.


More specifically, if we’re already worried about data security on existing technologies outside of our bodies, why would anyone willingly put one of those hackable devices inside his body? No matter what kind of security measures have been taken, no matter how startling beautiful the security data may seem, and no matter for how long, there is absolutely nothing that could ever convince me to put any kind of computerized chip inside my body (can you say “ewww!”). They said Macs couldn’t get viruses, but Apple themselves withdrew this claim in 2012 “after nearly 600,000 Macs were infected with a malicious trojan named ‘Flashback’ or ‘Flashfake’” (thanks, Huffington Post! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/25/mac-virus-apple_n_1625110.html).
As discussed in CNN’s article, Rich Lee’s practical purpose for his embedded chips are quite remarkable…with his deteriorating vision, they allow him to “see” in other ways. Still, I think I’d have to pass on it even then—the risks (and the simple, overall “creepy factor”) are just too much for me to ever overcome.

And really…when is enough enough?